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Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s Advice to Aspiring Designers

Ace fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee started his eponymous label back in 2001 with a workforce of just three people. Today, with a workforce of over 3,000, Sabyasachi is one of the foremost designers in India with his work being admired and adored by millions including top celebrities. The celebrity designer believes that 'clothes should just be an extension of one's intellect'.

From the famous Cinema Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate to his stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad, his interior design skills have also won plaudits. In 2016, he presented a holiday line for Pottery Barn, his first foray into home furnishings which includes globally inspired textiles, home decor, jewellery boxes and holiday ornaments.

Sabyasachi, the self-described global nomad's approach to design is influenced both by his travels and his Indian roots. He aspires to grow a 'people tree 'enterprise that encompasses Indian tradition, culture, and history and converts it into an intellectually and aesthetically inspirational global super brand. We caught up with the 'designer to the stars' during Indian Arch Dialogue 2017 in Delhi. Here is what one of the brightest design minds in India has to say to aspiring designers.

Never be afraid to make mistakes

The most important advice Sabyasachi has for aspiring designers is "don't be afraid of making mistakes". Because, he says, 'the biggest mistakes are the biggest lessons in life'.

Strike the right balance between art and technology

"Technology doesn't interest me as much", says Sabyasachi, "since I am a free spirited person''. "I carry an iPhone and I work out of WhatsApp, but I use technology to the extent where it can really help my life. Beyond that, it is of no use to me".

Focus on creative and aesthetic process

"I think people pay a lot of money right now for products that are made by hand, and technology can easily replicate things". Products that are made out of technology will have a certain kind of value only up to a certain amount of time, and then when it starts getting repetitive, repetitive; it's going to become like the 'china effect'".

Find inspiration from past


"I had a glorious past, I used to have beautiful childhood. I used to go to school by a hand-rown boat as my school used to be on the other side of the river", recollects Sabyasachi. "I went to a very poor school, so many of our classrooms were under mango trees. "We didn't have much, but we had was what I would call pure romance. I miss that. And because I miss that I try to reinvent a lot of my past into the present, through my work, through the ideologies, through the music, through the smells, through the sounds, everything that we create, and I think I am not the only one".
"A lot of people have realised, especially lot of people who have born in the 60s and 70s, when they look at the world right now we don't identify with the world anymore. "People are growing up very quickly, there is no organic growth anymore. "I think this is one of the reasons why everybody wants to go back to little bit to the past life. "

"Today, if you look at the kids, by the time they are three-year-old they know everything- they know how to use a computer. "When I was a three-year-old child, I didn't even know how to write. It's a bit scary."

Learn to deal with criticism

"I think the best advice that I received was one from my grandmother, she brought my father and his two other brother and her daughter to west Bengal from Bangladesh during the partition. "She just told me one thing, people will criticise you like they have criticised me. "But you have to understand something, take that criticism if you think it's going to affect your decisions. "If it isn't going to affect your decisions don't listen to criticism and do what you have to do. "I have always respected her for saying that to me very early in my life".


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